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Space Harrier

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Run… fly… dodge those obstacles, but return fire on wave after wave of attacking aliens. Armed with a really big gun, you have to defend yourself against the alien hordes using your wits to navigate around the screen. But watch out for those end of level bosses!

Originating in the arcades, Space Harrier is a third-person rail shooter with pseudo-3D graphics, set in the same world as Fantasy Zone. The lone titular hero fights aliens with a fireball-launching cannon, which can also be used to transform the hero into a flying rocket. The protagonist is constantly in motion, but the speed of his movement can be regulated by the player.


Space Harrier SEGA 32X First Level Boss
Space Harrier Commodore 64 Loading screen (Elite)
Space Harrier DOS Incoming aliens
Space Harrier FM-7 Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Ages: Space Harrier" -- Japanese Saturn title
  • "スペースハリアー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An OK conversion of yet another Sega classic. DOS Satoshi Kunsai (1811)
Faithful Arcade Translation. SEGA 32X gametrader (229)
Excellent arcade translation. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (55)
Perfect Translation of an Old Game SEGA 32X ETJB (447)

The Press Says

All Game Guide SEGA 32X 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1989 85 out of 100 85
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Sep, 1988 83 out of 100 83
Video Game Den TurboGrafx-16 Nov 15, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ST Action Atari ST Oct, 1988 75 out of 100 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1990 68 out of 100 68
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 10 out of 15 67
Nintendo Life Wii Oct 17, 2008 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1990 23 out of 40 58
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 42 out of 100 42


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Space Harrier appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Missing ports

Space Harrier was advertised for the Commodore 16/Plus 4 computer, and the (multi-platform) manual also had loading instructions for BBC and Electron computers. For reasons unknown, those ports never did appear.


Space Harrier originally mentioned that it took place in the Fantasy Zone just as the game of the same name, (remember the "Welcome to the Fantasy Zone! Get Ready!" intro?) and many have claimed that the games take place in the same universe considering the similarity in graphic design. While SEGA never made any official statement they did try to capitalize on the similarities with Space Fantasy Zone. An unreleased Fantasy Zone sequel for the PC Engine CD was developed that used the pseudo 3D gameplay of the Space Harrier series but used Opa-Opa and his gang of cute characters and levels.

It is unsure why the game never got released, but several beta copies have been leaked and you can easily find them around the net and run them with an emulator.

Super Scaler technology

First Sega game to come out that used "Super Scaler" technology.

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